As GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson continues his rise in the polls, so too does his profile rise as one to criticize and attack. We continue to see the lamestream media do its best to discredit and diminish this black man who dares to go off the Democrat plantation and espouse solid conservative values — and, gasp, make the possibility of a black GOP presidential nominee a reality.
Naturally, as Carson emerges as a true force in the GOP primary race, more voters too are taking a closer, more careful look at the candidate. And one of the concerns the candidate says he hears frequently is about his lack of political experience. Rather than skirting the issue or trying to deflect or disguise with smoke and mirrors, however, Dr. Carson addressed the issue head-on. In a Facebook post last night, the retired neurosurgeon responded to voters who ask him “what they should tell their friends when people say, ‘I like Carson but he has no political experience.’”
Hat tip to The Blaze:
Republican presidential contender Ben Carson turned to Facebook Wednesday night to address concerns from those who complain he doesn’t have enough political experience to be commander-in-chief.
“You are absolutely right — I have no political experience,” he bluntly acknowledged. “The current Members of Congress have a combined 8,700 years of political experience. Are we sure political experience is what we need?”
Carson wrote that “every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no elected office experience” and argued that “today the political class stands in our way.”Indeed, what many politicians — and, sadly, Americans in general — seem to have forgotten is that our founders did not intend for our nation to be governed by the elite political class that’s overtaken Washington, D.C. today. On the contrary, as Carson reminds us, our founders envisioned a republic led by citizen statesmen such as Dr. Carson himself.
“They demand pensions and perks,” Carson wrote. “This is not what our Founders envisioned for America. I spent my life treating very ill children. Over 15,000 times I gave my all to prolong their lives. I was blessed to do it. But when it came time for me to retire, I simply could not sit back any longer. These children became my family. What our government is doing to them is outrageous.”The Republican, in a dead heat with Donald Trump for the GOP nomination, explained that his life experience makes him a unique candidate.
“My experience is very different than what we have come to expect. I grew up poor. I know what it is like to be homeless and hungry. I know the pain of poverty. I also know that education and a mother’s love can be the path out of dire poverty,” he wrote. “I know what it is like to see water fountains you are not allowed to drink out of because of your skin color.”
“I didn’t go to embassy cocktail parties or beg lobbyists for money. I spent night after night in a quiet, sterile room trying to save the life of a small child. That was my life’s service. This is my life’s experience,” he wrote. “What I have is a lifetime of caring, integrity and honesty. I have experienced the American Dream. No where in the world, other than America, could a man whose ancestors were slaves, rise to become a leading brain surgeon and one day seek the Office of President.”
“The very fact that I am running is testament to the greatness of America. If all you want is political experience then I cannot be your candidate.”
Carson’s entire post is well worth a read:
While understandable that voters may have some trepidation about lack of political experience in a president — particularly after two terms of the disaster that is Barack Obama — Carson’s post eloquently reminds us that political experience was never meant to be a prerequisite for the post of President of the United States. In fact, one has to think our founders would be dismayed to see the type of ruling class that’s taken hold of the great republic they established. The popularity of “political outsiders” like Ben Carson, Donald Trump and even Bernie Sanders certainly suggest many voters are dismayed as well.
But perhaps more important than defending his lack of political experience, Dr. Ben Carson’s direct and candid response conveys incredibly important assets he DOES bring to the job of POTUS. Not just integrity — a trait sorely missing from much of the ruling class AND its media — but also this:
What they had was a deep belief that freedom is a gift from God. They had a determination to rise up against a tyrannical King. They were willing to risk all they had, even their lives, to be free.
As our current president — and the Democrats who hope to succeed him — continue to illustrate their belief that freedom is something for government to take away, Dr. Carson’s words are a breath of fresh air.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]